Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of your questions regarding the 14th & Old Cheney Intersection Improvement Project.

In 2012, the city embarked on an innovative approach to solving one of Lincoln’s toughest transportation problems: the traffic congestion and safety concerns surrounding the intersections by 14th Street and Old Cheney Road. The innovative approach was a design competition, through which three engineering teams were asked to evaluate the current intersection and independently come up with their best concept that addressed the identified goals and community input. The team with the best design would receive a contract to complete the final design.

In 2015, the city announced the winning concept. This concept was chosen because it proved to be the greatest balance of city-identified goals and community stakeholder-identified priorities.

The city undertook an inexpensive alternative to improve traffic flow that simply required re-striping lane lines and changing traffic signs. While these improvements have eased traffic congestion so far, this immediate measure was never envisioned as a permanent solution. It is anticipated that the new intersection design will operate to the design year of 2045.
  • 7.3 lane-miles of roadway and seven reconstructed and reconfigured intersections;
  • three grade-separation bridges and two pedestrian undercrossings; and
  • 8,200 linear feet of sidewalks and 4,900 linear feet of trails.

Refinement of the design concept began in February 2016. Detailed design work for the intersection improvement project began in fall 2016 and continue until fall 2018. After the necessary permits are obtained, right-of-way is acquired, and utilities are relocated, construction will tentatively begin in winter 2019 and be completed by winter 2021. The anticipated project schedule is available on the process page.

The city and project team carefully reviewed public comments on the conceptual design provided at the June 2016 open house, and the following benefits would be achieved with this new t-intersection alignment:

  • similar roadway alignment to existing configuration;
  • less private property needs to be acquired for permanent right-of-way to reduce the impact on residents and
  • potential improvements to overall constructability.
Construction costs have not been finalized at this time, due to the need to refine the concept and develop detailed construction phasing plans, but the total project cost is anticipated to be approximately $25 million. The city currently has $10 million dedicated to the project and will utilize the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) processes to program the remaining funding.

Absolutely. Public involvement has been central to the project so far, and the public will continue to be involved in the project every step of the way. In addition to the three planned public open house meetings, the project team will continue working with project area stakeholders to ensure this intersection improvement remains a community-informed design.

The city will continue to work closely with the project area stakeholders, as well as host several public meetings that will allow the general public to learn more, offer feedback, and ask questions.

This project website will also be maintained throughout the project to provide updates for the entire community.

The City of Lincoln and its consultants will strive to ensure the final intersection design requires the absolute minimal amount of right-of-way possible. Minimal right-of-way acquisition has been a priority for this intersection improvement project since the design competition.

Yes, there are examples of elevated roundabouts in the United States, and you also can find additional examples in Canada, Europe and South America.

Removing snow from the upper level of this intersection design will not be much different than removing snow from a number of overpasses throughout Lincoln, such as the Harris overpass on “O” Street and 14th Street over Cornhusker Highway. The Department of Public Works and Utilities can provide the exact details, but the city already handles this kind of maintenance across the community.

The City of Lincoln is working closely with the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) on state-led projects, including the reconstruction of Warlick Boulevard currently scheduled for 2017 and 2018. NDOR’s project will generally gap the proposed improvements associated with 14th & Old Cheney Intersection Improvement Project. For more information on the state-led project, visit the Nebraska Department of Roads Future Project Page.